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Psychiatr. Pol. 2017; 51(3): 503–513

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12740/PP/OnlineFirst/67373

Julia Suwalska, Aleksandra Suwalska, Marta Szczygieł, Dorota Łojko

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Studenci medycyny a stygmatyzacja z powodu depresji.Część II. Autostygmatyzacja

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Medical students and stigma of depression. Part 2. Self-stigma

Summary
Up to 30% of medical students suffer from depression. They have better access to healthcare, but still receive appropriate treatment less frequently than people with depression in the general population. Most of them do not seek medical help as depression is perceived as a stigmatizing disorder, which leads to self-stigma and hampers early diagnosis and treatment.
Thus, self-stigma means less effective therapy, unfavorable prognosis and relapses. According to the literature, self-stigma results in lowered self-esteem and is a major obstacle in the performance of social roles at work and in personal life. Stigmatization and self-stigma of depression among medical students are also associated with effects in their later professional life: they can lead to long-term consequences in the process of treating their patients in the future. Currently there are no unequivocal research results indicating the most effective ways of reducing stigmatization and self-stigma. It is necessary to educate about the symptoms and treatment of depression and to implement diverse intervention techniques to change behaviors and attitudes as early as possible.


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